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10 of the Most Beautiful Cars Money Can Buy

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Aston Martin Vanquish

Cars are more than just a means to get from point a to point b. They can be works of rolling automotive art. Legendary designers such as Marcello Gandini, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and more recently Ian Callum are artistic geniuses as much as they’re “car guys.”

While beauty is without a doubt purely in the eye of the beholder, there are certain cars whose sleek lines, luscious curves, or sheer aggression make them universally loved. Well, at least universally loved here at Business Insider.

Thus, this list contains what we consider to be the ultimate collection of automotive elegance on sale today.

10. Volkswagen Scirocco: Based on the fantastic Volkswagen GTI, the Scirocco offers a wide stance and an aggressive, angular front headlight-and-grille combo.

Although the Scirocco is sold around the world, it is doesn’t look like the stylish coupe will be coming to America anytime soon.

9. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: The Vette has always been beautiful to its devoted followers, but the current generation Stingray is without a doubt the prettiest version of the American idol that we’ve seen in decades.

The Vette perfectly blends elements from its more than 60 years of history with the design needs of a modern sports car. Which is one of the reasons we named the Stingray Business Insider’s first annual Car of the Year.

8. Peugeot RCZ: While most Americans may be unfamiliar with this French sports coupe, the RCZ has been racking up the awards since its debut in 2009 — including Top Gear’s 2010 Coupe of the Year.

The RCZ’s soft, flowing curves and classic “double bubble” roofline make for one gorgeous silhouette.

7.Maserati GranTurismo: Even though the GranTurismo has been on sale since for nearly a decade now, the GT’s elegant lines are truly timeless.

The GranTurismo’s Pininfarina-designed body offers a perfect balance between feminine and masculine features — with its rounded edges elegantly offset by its aggressive front fascia.

6. BMW i8: The BMW i8 looks like no other car on the road today.

With the i8, BMW has successfully blended a cacophony of materials, textures, and angles to create a harmonious composition.

5.Lamborghini Aventador: A Lamborghini should neither be boring nor conventionally beautiful. Fortunately, the flagship Aventador isn’t.

The Aventador’s aggressive lines and stealth-fighter-like edges make for a menacing beauty that’s perfect for Lambo’s attention-hoarding ethos.

4. Ferrari LaFerrari: People tend to find Ferraris attractive simply because they are Ferraris. But the reality is that the company created some misses. The Ferrari LaFerrari isn’t one of them.

Designed in-house at Ferrari, LaFerrari is a bold melange of classic elements from Maranello’s supercars of yore. It lines are sleek, evocative of a space-ship, yielding the ultimate Ferrari hypercar.

3. Aston Martin Vanquish: Like the English spy who is most famous for driving Aston Martins, the pressure on the Vanquish to live up to expectations is great. But Aston’s top-of-the-line grand tourer delivers!

With the Vanquish, designer Marek Reichman gave form to a seductively styled modern interpretation of the classic Aston Martin supercar.

2. Pagani Huayra: The 230-mph Huayra is the second all-new model to emerge from the Italian workshop of Horacio Pagani. It serves as the successor to the widely praised Zonda.

In may ways, Horacio Pagani is an automotive Steven Jobs. No detail, no matter how minute is overlooked. Everything from the design of the car’s active aerodynamics to the “ding” sound the shifter makes is carefully and deliberately crafted.

The result is a hypercar with a rocket-ship body and a sort of steampunk interior — utterly original!

1. Jaguar F-Type: Designer Ian Callum once told me a Jaguar design must possess beauty, simplicity, and sense of visual prowess.

With the F-Type, Sir Ian has checked all of those boxes — and then some.

The F-Type’s feline curves and muscular stance mean this cat from Coventry is ready to pounce.

Here’s why the Jaguar F-Type is the most beautiful car I’ve ever seen….

 

 

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Bloodhound – the World’s Fastest Car project

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When you’re building the world’s fastest car,  you know what the most important part is?  Making sure the wheels can turn fast enough to keep up and, just as important, don’t shred like cheese through a grater.  The engineers behind Bloodhound seemed to have accomplished at least one of those goals.

 

Bloodhound is the British project to build the world’s fastest car. How fast? How does 1000 mph sound?  That would obliterate the current record of 763 mph set by Thrust SSC, a UK team led by Richard Noble and driven by Andy Green.  It’s probably no coincidence they are the project director and driver behind Bloodhound.

Bloodhound SSC cockpit photo

 

It’s a vehicle without peer (on terra firma at least) that plans to go for the world record in November at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa. It was chosen because it’s perfectly flat, it’s 12 miles long, and it’s two miles wide.

 

Why are those dimensions so important? Because of Bloodhound’s power. It has three power plants: a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 650-horsepower engine that drives the rocket oxidizer pump. Between them they generate 135,000 thrust horsepower, equivalent to 180 F1 cars.

 

Bloodhound SSC photo

 

Sorry, we had to breathe into a paper bag for a minute after reading those stats. Bloodhound recently wrapped up production on its aluminum disc wheels. As BBC.com reports, “These 90cm discs are a crucial element of the Bloodhound concept, and will have to endure huge loads as they spin at over 170 revolutions per second. Calculations indicate that at peak speed, the wheels will be generating 50,000 radial g at their rim. That’s 50,000 times the pull of gravity.”

 

Seriously? You think you’re bad when your Corvette pulls 1.3 Gs? OK, maybe it’s apples to oranges but 50,000 radial g? And as the report notes, there is a point when Bloodhound will be moving faster than the wheels can turn. When that happens, it’s not so much revolutions as it is rudders. They will slide.

 

 

Bloodhound

 

The wheels, as one can imagine, are absolutely crucial to the success of the attempt. They fail and the whole attempt goes up in smoke. The wheels had to be machined to sustain anything bigger than a pebble being picked up by the front wheels. If that happens, those projectiles can blow through the rear wheels like a bullet.

 

The wheels are made of an aluminum alloy mix that contains small amounts of zinc, copper and manganese. It’s an alloy typically only used in space. Each of the wheels will cost about $400,000 each.

 

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Fierce, Capable & Focused – The 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63

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Mercedes-AMG C63

 

The introduction of the entry-level Mercedes-Benz CLA launched a new era for the C-Class. No longer at the bottom of the brand’s offerings, the C-Class enjoyed a dramatic redesign in 2014 that enabled it to more closely resemble a miniaturized S-Class; unfettered from its humble origins, it was free to evolve into a more luxurious, refined, and mature sedan.

 

The new 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 takes this evolution a step further and embraces a more performance-oriented focus, starting with a twin-turbocharged 4-liter V-8—a modified version of the engine powering the new Mercedes-AMG GT. Available in standard (469 hp) and S (503 hp) variants, the engine is said to be the most fuel-efficient 8-cylinder in the high-performance segment. Considering this claim, the C63’s zero-to-60-mph time of 4 seconds (and the S’s 3.9-second sprint) makes this an exceptionally capable compact sedan. Also joining the C-Class family is the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG, which is powered by a 3-liter twin-turbo V-6 that is capable of reaching 60 mph from a dead stop in 4.9 seconds.

 

At the Algarve International Circuit in Portimão, Portugal, the C63 S proved to be a dynamic, entertaining performer thanks to its prodigious power and dialed-in suspension. Despite numerous blind corners, elevation changes, and decreasing-radius turns, the C63 S felt tenaciously glued down with intuitive, reassuring handling. Unlike some all-wheel-drive AMG models (such as the E-Class), the rear-wheel-drive C-Class AMG is easier to steer with the right pedal, sliding the tail during heavy throttle application.

Mercedes-AMG C63

 

That characteristic makes for a sportier, more exciting dynamic. The 6-piston ceramic brakes do an impressive, fade-free job of slowing down this 3,935-pound car, though Mercedes-Benz’s preemptive braking system intruded during lead/follow sessions when we followed the car ahead too closely. Suspecting the potential for impact, the system braked in order to maintain a safe distance.

 

On the roads surrounding the racetrack, the C63 S felt fierce, capable, and focused, delivering notable performance for its size and weight. As relatively small as its cabin may be, this impressively tuned, nicely finished AMG proves that wonderfully entertaining things can come in small packages.

Mercedes-AMG C63

 

 

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2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed – Top in Torque

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Pop quiz: If we asked you which gasoline-powered production car has the most torque, what would you say? The Bugatti Veyron? McLaren P1? LaFerrari? Maybe even a Detroit bruiser?

 

Wrong, wrong, and still wrong.

 

Before everyone sharpens their troll spikes, an explanation. First, we said production cars; The Veyron recently reached the end of its line in preparation for the new as-yet-to-be-announced model from Bugatti. And yes, limiting it to gasoline cars takes out the latest electric cars and diesel pickups.

 

That puts the new 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed at the top of the list. Bentley has tuned the 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine in the 2016 Mulsanne Speed to put out 811 lb.-ft. of torque, a boost of nearly 60 lb.-ft. over the base Mulsanne, along with an 25 additional hp, for a total of 530 hp. Bentley traces the origins of that 6.75-liter engine back to 1959, making it one of the oldest engines still getting bolted into vehicles — older than the first-generation Chevy small block and the original Lamborghini V-12 engine (which ended with the Murcielago). The 6.75-liter version of the engine went into production in 1968, and over that time Bentley has tripled the power and torque output it gets from the engine.

 

Which is what’s required for dealing with nearly 6,000 lbs. of hand-built British luxury sedan. Getting up to speed would seem like a Herculean feat, but the Mulsanne Speed quietly cruises up into the triple digits with nary a complaint. Even on the track.

 

Wait, what?

 

 

In the hands of five-time Le Mans winner and Bentley brand ambassador Derek Bell, the Mulsanne Speed feels agile and quick over the undulating F1 Circuit of the Americas track just outside of Austin. Even though Bell admits that he hadn’t driven the track prior to our hot lap, the car feels controlled and stable—even at speeds exceeding 130 mph. It hustles from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and 0-100 mph in just 11 seconds; the theoretical top speed is 190 mph.

 

On the road, the eight-speed transmission concealed its work like a head butler as we rocket along the edge of the Hill Country outside of Austin. People appear surprised—and amused—to see the big, attractive car barreling down the toll road. Toss it through a few sweeping turns, toggle the “Charisma” knob and switch to Sport and the steering weights up, adaptive air suspension and damping stiffens, and you and your occupants are treated to a joyously jaunty ride that’s fun for the driver but not vomit-inducing for passengers. Comfort mode is prime for long, fast toll road runs or when stuck in traffic in town, but we wouldn’t recommend it when trying to hurry the car along a curvy road. You can also customize the air suspension and steering feel individually, if you are so inclined. Just in case you were wondering, the Mulsanne Speed is rear wheel drive…and yes, you can (and we did) do a burnout in it.

 

In addition to the ride and raucous speed, the craftsmanship of a Bentley is something to be admired. It takes more than 150 man-hours to complete the interior of a single Mulsanne. (By comparison, that’s roughly how long it takes Toyota to bolt together five entire Corollas.) All the high touch points — vent plungers that look like beautiful antique cigarette lighters, the “Charisma” button that changes handling, even the weighted multimedia control knob that clicks pleasantly under touch — are made of real glass and metal. During the drive, Sam Graham, the Mulsanne line product director, notes that it takes 16 cowhides to envelope the interior. Here in Texas, that counts as half a herd.

 

From a quick glance, the Mulsanne Speed doesn’t look all that different from the run-of-the-mill CEO hauler (if you could call a Mulsanne run-of-the-mill) but it does have a few small visual clues that make it stand out from the standard Mulsanne. Directional wheels that are machined, amazingly, from a single billet of aluminum; a darker chrome grille; a cast “Speed” badge, and door sills marked with “Mulsanne Speed” are all subtle nods to the naughty power under the hood. The Speed is also the first Mulsanne to offer a carbon fiber interior option.

 

 

And of course all this high hustle and luxury bustle comes at a price. The base Mulsanne Speed starts at $335,000, or more than the median home price in Denver. The one we drove bore a few choice sets of the 90 variations of standard options that come in the Mulsanne Speed. Ours included the entertainment package that comes complete with iPad tables in the back seats and WiFi, as well as a package that includes massaging front seats, flip down rear mirrors and additional rear seat champagne cooler. The grand total of the Speed we tested rounded out to $407,000. According to Bentley, most Mulsanne Speeds are customized to around $385,000.

 

Bentley is only making 1,000 of these monsters this year, with a majority going to China and the Middle East, and only a few stateside. The Speed option will cost buyers an additional $30,000 over the base Mulsanne price, but at this level, that’s probably a wise move. If you’re going to buy this kind of hat, you should get all the cattle.

 

 

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45th Anniversary Gold Edition Nissan GT-R

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There are some minor changes in store for the 2016 Nissan GT-R, including a new 45th Anniversary Gold Edition celebrating the GT-R’s heritage.

 

Wearing the same Silica Brass color that adorned the R34 2001 Skyline GT-R M-Spec, only 30 of the special 45th Anniversary 2016 GT-Rs will be offered in the U.S.

 

In addition to the special paint, the Gold Edition anniversary car also gets a gold-tone VIN plate in the engine compartment and a commemorative plaque on the interior center console. It’s based on the Premium model.

What will the Gold Edition cost you? That’s not clear yet—but you can bet it’ll cost more than the three standard forms of the GT-R: Premium, Black Edition, and NISMO.

 

Prices for those three standard models doesn’t change from last year, however. The Premium starts at $101,770 plus $1,595 destination and handling; the Black Edition is $111,510 plus $1,595; and the NISMO is $149,990 plus $1,595.

 

Changes for the 2016 model year are minimal: the Premium and Black Edition get five more horsepower (for a total of 550 horsepower), and the Premium gets new 20-spoke RAYS wheels finished in a near-black color. The GT-R NISMO’s output remains unchanged at 600 horsepower.

 

The 2016 Nissan GT-R is available now.

 

 

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1 Million Vehicles Recalled by Chrysler in the past 2 Weeks

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Owners of 703,000 Chrysler sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and minivans are being notified to bring their vehicles in for a repair to the ignition switch. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) recalled more than 300,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos last week to repair a faulty fuel pump.

 

The latest recall, announced Saturday, is similar to the ignition switch problem that caused General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) to recall about 2.6 million vehicles last year. The vehicles’ ignition switch has been found to slip out of the “Run” position into the “Off” position, which may cause the engine to stall, shutting down the power steering and the brakes and disabling the airbags. Owners have been told to remove all extra keys and doodads from the key ring until the switch is repaired.

 

The vehicles included in the ignition switch recall are model year 2008 through 2010 Dodge Grand Caravans and Journey and Chrysler Town and Country. The recall was first issued in June of last year, and some of the vehicles included in the latest revision have already been repaired once. The company said at the time that it had received approximately 32 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims related to the ignition switch shutting off inadvertently. Chrysler also said it was aware of two “alleged rear end collisions” related to the faulty switch.

 

Chrysler will conduct the recall in two stages. The first is expected to launch April 6, 2015, and will cover the model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles. The second stage is expected to launch August 3, 2015, and include all the model year 2010 vehicles.

 

 

 

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Chicago Auto Show – What to See

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 - The 2016 Ford GT Supercar

The 2016 Ford GT Supercar

This year’s Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place is all about muscle. Automakers at the event this weekend are unveiling the most powerful, technologically advanced engines ever seen for street-legal vehicles.

 

Research continues on electric and hydrogen and hybrid technologies in Detroit and Palo Alto, but this year’s show, at a moment when gas prices hover around $2 a gallon, is focused squarely on horsepower. BMW, Acura and Mercedes-AMG are each showing off new cars with approximately 550 horsepower.

 

Here’s what else to see:

The new racing-derived Ford GT supercar concept debuts with a turbocharged V-6 engine that generates 600 horsepower.

 

Cadillac will show off its CTS-V ultra sedan with an eight-speed transmission producing 640 horsepower in what is essentially a Corvette V-8 power plant.

 

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo race car, with 600 horses, will be here on its way to competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A Nismo street concept with a bit less muscle will be available for viewing, too.

 

The new Dodge SRT Charger Hellcat, which with 707 horses is being touted as the most powerful sedan ever built, may be the ultimate in muscle. (Visitors can get the feel of driving it by hopping into the Hellcat simulator positioned close to the real thing.)

 

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, with a 640 horsepower engine, is the most powerful in Cadillac’s history, allowing the car to reach a top speed of 200 mph. But it’s a rear-wheel drive, a liability in snowy Chicago winters. Figure on the car stickering at $70,000 and above.

 - The 2015 Bugatti Veyron.

The 2015 Bugatti Veyron.

If you missed it at last year’s show, don’t miss the French-made 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, a mid-engined sports car that generates a whopping 1,001 horsepower from an 8-liter, 16-cylinder engine. It rolls from 0-to-60 miles per hour in an eye-blink of 2.5 seconds and cruises at a top speed reputed to approach 260 mph. It gets just 7 miles per gallon in city driving, but then anybody paying up $2 million or so for this ultimate road machine probably doesn’t much notice the current price of gas at the pump, much less pump his own.

 - The 2015 Buick Avenir

The 2015 Buick Avenir

It’s not all about muscle, however:

The Buick Avenir, a rakish four-door with swooping lines and a boattail-styled rear, will remind some of the 1970s Riviera. Extras include an ionic air filtration system inside and an active fuel-management system that deactivates cylinders when not needed. The Avenir is not ready for production yet, but the 2016 Buick Cascada, the brand’s first convertible in 25 years, will be for sale this fall, probably at around $40,000.

 

Kurt Schiele, co-owner of BMW, Jaguar and Toyota dealerships in Elmhurst, is looking forward to the appearance of the Toyota FT-1 concept car, the brand’s first serious sports car since the late 1990s, when the Supra expired. Schiele says the silhouette of the car flies in the face of Toyota’s ordinarily conservative designs. “It’s crazy and radical but flows together smoothly,” he says. He expects it will eventually come into production with a price tag of $50,000 or less.

 

The 2016 Lincoln MKX has adaptive headlamps that curve with the road and a 360-degree camera to give maximum views.

 

An all-new 2016 Honda Pilot, which got its last update in 2009, will be shown for the first time with plenty of bells and whistles.

 

Aston Martin will show off the DB9 in a “carbon edition” that advertises less weight, while its latest V-12 engine generates 510 horsepower.

 

The 2016 Acura NSX is unique for that brand in that it was designed entirely by American engineers and will be built at the company’s Marysville, Ohio, plant. It will start at around $150,000, about the same as the new Ford GT, which is built to compete, performance-wise, with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.

 

The Honda FCV concept car runs on hydrogen fuel cells with a range of 300 miles on a single tank of compressed hydrogen (taking three minutes to refuel).

 

The Chicago Auto Show runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22. Admission is $12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and $6 for children aged 7 to 12 (free for children 6 and under).

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9 Vehicles with Zero Driver Fatalities

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More than 30,000 people a year still die on American roads, and while that toll has been steadily declining for a decade, it still represents a massive, unending tragedy. Around the world, those figures are climbing, as more people spend more time behind the wheel. Nothing drives advocates of tech such as driverless cars like the potential for sharply reducing the cost in human lives of driving.

 

Last week came a piece of good news in that fight: We are closer than we thought to cars that could prevent all their drivers from dying in a wreck. The bad news? There’s still decades of work ahead.

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the research arm of the nation’s auto insurance companies, studied driver deaths between 2009 and 2012 for mass-market vehicles. (It did not examine passenger deaths due to unreliable data.) Overall, it found that new models with newer technology, especially stability control, had cut the overall death rate in vehicles by a third in the three years since it had last run the numbers. Had vehicle tech been frozen at 1985 levels, the IIHS estimates by 2012 an additional 7,700 people would have died in crashes.

 

Vehicle Deaths per million registered vehicle years Multi-vehicle crashes Single-vehicle crashes Rollovers
Audi A4 4WD 0 0 0 0
Honda Odyssey 0 0 0 0
Kia Sorento 2WD 0 0 0 0
Lexus RX 350 4WD 0 0 0 0
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD 0 0 0 0
Subaru Legacy 4WD 0 0 0 0
Toyota Highlander hybrid 4WD 0 0 0 0
Toyota Sequoia 4WD 0 0 0 0
Volvo XC90 4WD 0 0 0 0
Honda Pilot 4WD 2 0 2 0
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4WD 3 3 0 0
Ford Crown Victoria 4 4 0 0
GMC Yukon 4WD 4 0 4 0
Acura TL 2WD 5 5 0 0
Chevrolet Equinox 2WD 5 3 2 0
Chevrolet Equinox 4WD 5 5 0 0
Ford Expedition 4WD 5 5 0 0
Ford Flex 2WD 5 0 5 0
Mazda CX-9 4WD 5 0 5 5

The IIHS calculates its death rate per years registered of a particular model; the industry average is 28 deaths per one million registered years for 2011 models in 2012; in 2008, the rate was 48. When it dug deeper, the IIHS found nine 2011 models that had no recorded deaths of drivers — the first time the group had found any such vehicles. Six of them were SUVs; overall, SUVs had the lowest death rates of any vehicle type, mostly due to the mandate of electronic stability controls and the physics of larger vehicles offering more protection from the forces of a crash than smaller ones. (Compared to 2004 models, SUVs from the 2011 model-year on have a rollover rate that’s 75 percent less.)

 

But the IIHS also gave out a warning that the gap betwen the best and the worst cars at preventing fatal crashes had widened. The rates in the IIHS study are corrected for demographics (young drivers who typically buy smaller vehicles tend to crash more frequently) but even after that adjustment, small cars dominate the most lethal list:

Vehicle Deaths per million registered vehicle years Multi-vehicle crashes Single-vehicle crashes Rollovers
Kia Rio 149 96 54 15
Nissan Versa sedan 130 44 87 51
Hyundai Accent 120 65 53 16
Chevrolet Aveo 99 65 31 10
Hyundai Accent 86 43 48 20
Chevrolet Camaro coupe 80 19 60 25
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD 79 40 36 17
Honda Civic 76 46 29 10
Nissan Versa hatchback 71 37 33 20
Ford Focus 70 55 13 5
Nissan Cube 66 38 29 6
Chevrolet HHR 61 34 25 9
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WD 60 31 28 9
Chevrolet Aveo 58 58 0 0
Mercury Grand Marquis 57 33 25 0
Jeep Patriot 2WD 57 44 9 3
Mazda 6 54 34 17 3
Dodge Nitro 2WD 51 7 50 40
Honda Civic 49 28 21 8

“The complete elimination of traffic deaths is still many decades away, and, along with vehicle improvements, getting there will require changes in road design and public policy that can help protect all road users,” said David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer.”Still, the rise in the number of vehicles with zero driver deaths shows what’s possible.”

 

The newest vehicles have gone well beyond stability control to include tricks like automatic emergency braking and radar-based cruise control to slow down the vehicle automatically in traffic. The safety benefits of those technologies have not yet been fully measured, but their real benefit may not become visible until they’re available outside luxury models — especially the small cars that still pose the greatest risk.

 

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13 Exciting New Cars Coming in 2015

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After a strong year for car and truck sales, automakers have a flood of new models in the works to woo buyers in 2015.

Here are some of the vehicles expected to debut over the next 12 months:

 

■ Acura NSX: Designed, developed and built in the USA, this all-wheel drive hybrid super car is the heart of Acura’s plan to become a leading luxury brand. The two-seat NSX will be one of the most eagerly watched introductions at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While it will sell in small numbers, Honda engineers are throwing the kitchen sink at the NSX — including separate electric motors for each of the front wheels and a mid-engine gasoline-electric hybrid package — to reestablish Acura as a go-to brand for performance, technology and excitement.

 

■ Cadillac SRX: The SRX crossover was an immediate hit when Cadillac introduced it, but the handsome five-seater has grown old. Cadillac needs a new model with the latest features and improved fuel economy to cash in on the boom in luxury SUVs.

“Luxury crossovers are incredibly popular,” IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley said. “The SRX replacement is a chance for Cadillac to cash in on that and continue their run of excellent products.” The SRX replacement will have a new name as Caddy switches to names that combine letters and numerals, like BMW and Audi use.

 

■ Chevrolet Cruze: By far the best small car Chevrolet has built, the current Cruze’s features and fuel economy gave the brand its first legitimate competitor for the best from Japan, Korea and Germany.

GM puts such high stock on the Cruze that CEO Mary Barra, who was then in charge of product development, delayed the new car a year to make sure it didn’t repeat the mistakes of the botched redesign of the Malibu midsize sedan. The result: a roomier interior and other improvements in the sedan that goes on sale next fall.

 

■ Honda HR-V: Honda’s entry in the hot subcompact SUV market, the HR-V could win the brand new buyers, thanks to slick looks and one of the larger engines in the segment. “It’s going to get a lot of attention,” Brinley said. “We’ll be talking about small crossovers all year.”

Fuel economy, price and features will be key for the HR-V, whose competitors will include the Chevrolet Trax and Fiat 500X. The HR-V looks to have one of the roomier interiors in the pack.

 

■ Hyundai Tucson: Hyundai’s smaller SUV will grow slightly larger in 2015 to make room for — you guessed it — a future subcompact crossover. That will push it closer in size to the Santa Fe, potentially creating a traffic jam on Hyundai dealership floors.

“These vehicles are smash hits in the rest of the world,” Cars.com Detroit bureau chief Aaron Bragman said. Hyundai thinks a roomier interior and new looks could make the Tucson a hit with U.S. buyers.

 

■ Jaguar XE: Jaguar’s first compact sedan launches the British brand into direct competition with aggressive sport sedans like the BMW 3-series and Cadillac ATS. It’s a tough market, but success is vital to Jag’s global growth plan. An expected all-wheel drive model could help.

“Jaguar’s never had a viable candidate in this segment, but this one ticks all the right boxes” with contemporary looks and features, Bragman said.

The XE is one of the first tests of the Indian Tata Group’s ability to develop a luxury car without former Jag owner Ford’s help.

 

■ Jeep Renegade: Developed primarily for sale in Europe, China and other regions, the subcompact Renegade’s appeal in the U.S. is unknown, but Jeep could use an appealing entry-level model. A lot will depend on whether the Renegade delivers on Fiat Chrysler’s promise of serious off-road capability.

“It gives young buyers the classic Jeep looks and all the benefits of a Wrangler with a better price, higher fuel economy and more safety equipment,” Bragman said. “You’re going to see them all over college campuses.”

 

■ Lexus RX: Like the similar-sized Cadillac SRX, the RX is one of the older five-seat midsize luxury SUVs on the market. It’s also the best-seller in its segment, and the vehicle other automakers gear themselves up to compete with.

“The RX is the most popular luxury crossover in the U.S.,” Bragman said. “It’s the vehicle that made Lexus a volume brand.”

Expect advanced features and a luxurious interior to keep the competition on its toes.

 

■ Lincoln MKX: Ford’s luxury brand is basking in the warm response to the smaller MKC SUV it launched in 2014. The five-seat MKX needs to make a big impression to maintain that momentum and compete with the replacements for the SRX and RX.

“The MKX’s success is very important to Lincoln,” Brinley said.

Look for Lincoln to build on its strength making high-end interiors with the new MKX. The new Revel audio system will also debut on the MKX, which should be on sale this spring.

 

■ Mazda MX-5: Mazda might still exist without the affordable little roadster also known as the Miata, but its “Zoom-zoom” claims to be a brand for enthusiasts would ring hollow. The curvy new model boasts a 50/50 weight distribution for handling and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

“The MX-5 is Mazda’s icon, the car that sets the stage for the rest of the brand and defines Mazda as a company,” Bragman said. “It impacts the whole company, every model in the lineup.”

 

■ Nissan Titan: Nissan was the first Japanese automaker to build a full-size pickup, but the Titan has never met sales targets. At one point, Nissan nearly quit Titan development all together to use a truck developed by Chrysler’s Ram division. When that deal fell apart, Nissan doubled down on the Titan, developing the 2016 Titan that will debut at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new Titan promises to be more capable, with a wider choice of models and a powerful and efficient 5.0-liter V8 diesel from Indiana-based Cummins Engine.

 

■ Toyota Tacoma: The midsize Tacoma pickup is one of Toyota’s core models, with as avid and loyal a following as the Camry or Corolla. The 2016 model debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit faces unexpectedly strong competition from the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups.

“Toyota’s likely to remain the sales leader, but it’s possible they were caught a little off guard by the Colorado,” Brinley said. The strong likelihood that the Nissan Frontier midsize pickup expected later in the year will offer a V6 Cummins diesel adds to the 2016 Tacoma’s challenges.

 

■ Volvo XC90: The XC90 was one of the most popular European SUVs when it debuted, but it’s been on the market too long, with too few updates. Volvo product development slowed to a crawl when Ford sold the Swedish brand to a Chinese company during the Great Recession.

The company’s getting back on its feet, and the XC90 is key to winning back safety-conscious family buyers who are Volvo’s core audience.

“The interior is striking,” Bragman said. “They used some very creative materials and design themes. It’s a stunning place to sit.”

 

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Ferrari’s New FXXK

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If you thought the Ferrari LaFerrari was fast or exclusive, think again. This special, hardcore track-only limited edition is bigger, more powerful and rarer in every way.

 

Making its first real-world appearance at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this month, Ferrari describes the car as “completely uncompromising” and promises that those lucky few that get to own one will get an “unprecedented driving experience.”

 

The FXXK is 194mm longer and 59mm wider than the standard LaFerrari hypercar on which it’s based. It also delivers 1021bhp from its combination of a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 and electric motor working in unison. The Formula One-inspired KERS energy recovery system has also had some serious tweaks so that the driver has more control over how that energy boost is used.

 

The ‘Qualify’ setting delivers maximum performance within a limited number of laps; while ‘Manual Boost’ will give the car an extra edge on demand, upping the torque levels to maximum at the turn of a dial. The energy can also be returned to the car’s battery via the Fast Charge mode, or leaving the KES system in ‘Long Run’ mode will return energy, boost and acceleration consistently.

 

Ferrari won’t reveal other performance statistics, but it’s safe to say that a car that is not restricted by road car regulations or by race car rules either — the FXXK will only every compete with other FXXKs — it will have a faster 0-100km/h time than the LaFerrari’s (under 3 seconds) and should also go past the standard car’s 217mph (350km/h) top speed, too.

 

If you like the sound of the FXXK and fancy snapping one up, you’ll need to be chosen for Ferrari’s driver development program so you’ll have to already have the standard LaFerrari in your garage in order to qualify for consideration.

 

 

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